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A way of life

Life St James Hospital is a member of Life Healthcare, one of the largest private hospital groups in South Africa, operating 63 acute care facilities across the country.

Life Healthcare is recognised throughout the health industry for its high calibre healthcare professionals and excellent facilities.

We believe delivery of world class healthcare is achieved through a combination of unparalleled quality and clinical excellence; along with a true focus on the personal needs of our patients and their families.

Every day we subscribe to the core values of the Life Healthcare group, while individually striving to continually improve facilities, standards and technology.

At Life St James Hospital our priority is to focus on the delivery of a special brand of health and care to patients.

Contact us

Physical address

36 St James Road
East London

Postal address

36 St James Road
East London

Telephone 043 722 9685
Fax 043 722 5000
Map Life St James Hospital


Our management can be contacted through our hospital`s reception desk or through e-mail.

Position Name
Hospital Manager Reshma Vanmali
Nursing Manager Anneke Appelgryn
Finance and Administration Manager Sabelo Nongauza
Quality Manager Talitha le Roux
Patient Services Manager Berilyne Jewell
Regional Marketing & Communications Manager Ailsa Thorpe

Our team

At Life St James Hospital we understand that we have a responsibility to meet the expectations of those who are entrusted to our care as well as the expectations of their loved ones.

This realisation enables us to ensure that we focus on an experience of care for everybody who visits or is admitted to one of our hospitals or healthcare facilities.

All Life St James Hospital staff participate in ongoing quality training ‘Q to the power of e’. Here we each come to appreciate the importance of quality in delivery of service and to embrace caring principles of empathy, ethics, excellence, energy and empowerment.

Results of ongoing patient satisfaction surveys tell us that a stay at Life St James Hospital reflects the high standards of health and care we set out to deliver.

The care delivered at Life St James Hospital extends into the community.

Our employees at all levels actively participate in community initiatives to improve the quality of life in surrounding areas.

Our facilities

At Life St James Hospital everything we do is focused on the delivery of high quality treatment and special, unique standards of care - whether for routine or more serious procedures.

Life St James Hospital has 28 beds and 4 theatres and caters mainly for day patients and, where necessary, patients are accommodated overnight.

The excellent quality of services offered by the hospital complements those provided by its sister hospitals in the city - Life St Dominic`s Hospital and Life East London Private Hospital.

Medical and surgical disciplines

  • Dentistry
  • ENT surgery
  • Gynaecological procedures
  • Maxillofacial surgery
  • Minor general surgery
  • Orthodontics
  • Ophthalmology

Specialist facilities

Specialists units

  • The Life Eye Hospital East London is a joint venture between Life Healthcare and four specialist ophthalmologists – Drs Janet Edeling, Niel Holmberg, Bernard de Boer and Kelvin Rivett. This specialist unit offers world class ophthalmic care.

Supporting doctors

The doctors listed below are private practitioners. Please enquire about their rates directly with the practice.

Our team of doctors is the best in the region and if you need to contact any of them, they will be happy to assist you with your queries.

The telephone details of the doctors are listed below and are categorised in accordance with their specialty. They are contactable Monday to Friday, between 09:00 and 17:00.

Name Contact number

Dr A Hill 043 701 8300
Dr A Toma 043 743 8358
Dr C Boting 043 743 8358
Dr J Barnard 043 701 8300
Dr J Ellis 043 743 8358
Dr J Liesching 043 701 8300
Dr J Swanepoel 043 701 8300
Dr JA Evans 043 701 8300
Dr JG Dowie 043 701 8300
Dr K Gernetzky 043 743 8358
Dr L Mfeya 043 701 8300
Dr N Hartwig 043 743 8358
Dr R Steyn 043 701 8300
Dr R Strauss 043 701 8300
Dr V Wheeler 043 742 4126

Dr A Crouse 043 748 3269
Dr AI Nortje 043 707 4214
Dr AR Nina 043 748 1359
Dr C Brent 043 722 2571
Dr D Scheckter 043 726 8138
Dr D Uys 043 722 4915
Dr E van der Merwe 043 707 4214
Dr E van Wyk 043 722 2571
Dr F Coetzee 043 726 1360
Dr G Marx 043 740 2040
Dr G Tarrant 043 707 4214
Dr H Cornelius 043 711 4400
Dr HA Swart 043 735 4395
Dr I Strydom 043 721 0118
Dr ID Schlebusch 043 748 1359
Dr J van Vuuren 043 707 4214
Dr JA van der Merwe 043 726 8138
Dr JS Janse van Vuuren 043 707 4214
Dr JW Botha 043 722 4915
Dr K Rosentrauch 043 726 8407
Dr K Sifuba 043 707 4214
Dr LP Botha 043 748 3269
Dr M Fryer 043 707 4214
Dr M Stampa 043 711 4400
Dr NK Pema 043 711 4400
Dr R Thompson 043 707 4214
Dr XBT Giyose 043 743 6892

Dr A Skenjana 081 558 5617
Dr L Bok 043 726 5013
Dr R Misra 043 783 1255
Dr S Drusinsky 043 743 5353

Ear, nose & throat surgeon(s)
Dr J James 043 722 4834
Dr M Richardson 043 743 9151
Dr P Steyn 043 743 8804

General surgeon(s)
Dr CB Schultz 043 743 4567
Dr CJ Mc Cosh 043 743 6888
Dr M Renene 043 743 7872
Dr N Comley 043 743 9853
Dr W Matshoba 043 743 7872

Maxillofacial surgeon(s)
Dr HEC Kruger 043 722 6212
Dr S Mogafe 043 722 1293
Dr Y Ngcwama 043 743 7872
Dr Y Ngcwama 043 743 7872

Dr A Asholi 043 722 1422
Dr B de Boer 043 748 4888
Dr J Edeling 043 726 2779
Dr K Rivett 043 726 2779
Dr N Holmberg 043 742 0351

Patient and visitor information

At Life St James Hospital, we take pride in providing you with information and pre-operative counselling, so that your recuperation with us is pleasant and hassle-free.

If there is any further information that you or your family require regarding our hospital and our services, please feel free to contact us.


Accommodation available at our hospital is either in general or semi-private rooms.


The following items are required for admission:

  • Current medical aid membership card
  • Identity document
  • Pre-authorisation number, if applicable
  • X-rays, if applicable
  • Medication, if in use
  • Personal clothing and toiletries

A parent or legal guardian must accompany all patients under 18 years.

Patients not booked into a suite are welcome to bring their own television sets

Mothers or fathers whose children are admitted as patients are welcome to stay at their bedside at all times.


  • Private patients have to settle their accounts in full (i.e. the balance of the account if the final account exceeds the deposit) on discharge.
  • Day patients undergoing surgery under anaesthetic should arrange for transport from hospital - it is illegal to drive for 24 hours following anaesthetic.

Pre-Admission centre

We understand how stressful it is to be booked into hospital for surgery, particularly when you have never been a patient in a hospital before. This is why we have two pre-admission centres to assist you with your admission. The centres streamline the admission process and assist to allay the fears of patients by providing information on the surgery to be performed. Pre-authorisation is also obtained from the medical aids.

The clinics are situated at:

Life St Dominic`s, 45 St Marks Road, Southernwood Telephone: 043 707 9000
Life Beacon Bay Hospital, 32 Quenera Drive, Beacon Bay Telephone: 043 711 5100

Service monitoring

We especially welcome any suggestions our patients may have. If you have any suggestions for us, please send us an e-mail at


St James Hospital charges medical aid / medical scheme rates. Private patients will be required to pay a deposit on admission, and to settle the balance of their accounts on discharge. Patients who are members of certain medical aids may also have to make a co-payment on admission. For more details regarding tariffs and payment, please contact the hospital`s accounts department.

Visiting hours

We welcome all of our patients’ visitors, as we know what a difference the support of close family and friends can make. In light of this, we also have to be aware of the rest that all of our patients require and we have thus provided for visitors to visit our hospitals only at certain designated times and these are:

  • Any time during the day until 17h00, 19h00 to 20h00 during the evening.
  • Maximum of two visitors per bed at a time.